The best animation books in 2023

best animation books - three anime and manga and animation titles
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Best animation books: quick links

If you’re interested in animation, you’ll need some animation books to help you when you’re creating. And here, we’ve found the best animation books, as well as our pick of the best anime and best manga books. 

We’ve chosen the books that are consistently rated highly by animators, both those just starting out and those who are seasoned professionals. There are classic titles you may be aware of, as well as more recent books that you might find useful. 

If you’d like more inspiration, why not take a look at our favourite drawing books or the best illustration books out there?

Best animation books

Best anime books

Best manga books

Adam England

Adam is a freelance journalist covering culture and lifestyle, with over five years’ of experience and a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from Cardiff University. He’s previously written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, Vice and Dazed, and was Senior Editor at from 2022 to 2023. When he’s not writing, he’s probably drinking coffee, listening to live music, or tinkering with his Apple devices.